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Duke Street Primary School
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Kwame's Magic Quest: Rise of the Green Flame

What the book club told us about the book:

This book is a short chapter book. It is illustrated with pictures on every page. It's an exciting story set in a magic school where the main character longs to find out which type of magic he has. There are themes of friendship and mystery. The story is also based on parts of African culture, particularly Ghanaian which provides interesting reading at the back of the book.
Author: Bernard Mensah
Illustrator: Natasha Nayo
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback (96 pages)

Our School Review

What our pupils thought

“I like this book because it’s adventurous, also when you read, it becomes more mysterious. I would recommend this book because it has great descriptions and vocabulary.”

“Best in the world, I could read it 1000 times more! It was brilliant, a bit short but still love it!”

“Adventurous, mysterious, magical and exciting! I liked that there was magic and entertainment.”

“It was adventurous and exciting! It was great! This book was amazing because of Kwame being brave.”

Out of 5 stars, the pupils give this book:

About the book club:

There are 9 children in our Book Club who meet weekly. They are all year 4 pupils. This is a relatively new book club, although some of the children also attended a book club that ran last year. We read some of our chosen book and have a discussion about what we think of the book, what will happen next etc. They also enjoy juice and biscuits.

What our educators thought

“The children absolutely devoured this book! They were hooked after just reading the blurb. We had to stop having discussions after each chapter as they just wanted to find out what happened next! I didn’t pre-read the book and as the story started I was worried that the children would quickly make comparisons to other well known books set in a school of magic, however, this was a refreshing, highly original and fast paced adventure. They have all been left wanting to know what happens next and are looking forward to the next book in the series. This book is a relatively quick read. We read this over two book club sessions (around an hour and a half in total). I could see this book being used in guided reading sessions. It has great vocabulary and lots of opportunities for predictions to be made. The information contained at the back of the book telling the reader that the book is based in part of African culture was also very interesting. I also liked the information about the vocabulary used and about the author and illustrator. I am also eagerly awaiting the next book of Kwame’s Magic Quest!”

Out of 5 stars, the educator gives this book:

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